Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Radiance (Part 1)
God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good.
Genesis 1:3-4 (NKJV)
The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.
Exodus 24:17 (NKJV)
Out of the brightness of His presence bolts of lightning blazed forth.
2 Samuel 22:13 (NIV)
His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His Hand.
Habakkuk 3:4 (NAS)
His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them.
Mark 9:3 (NAS)
I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.
Revelation 22:16 (NKJV)
God owns radiance, because He created it. God owns light. He mentions it 263 times in the Bible. He owns glory, shine, bright, illuminate, glow, flame, flash and blaze. Because God is light: 'I am the Light of the world' (John 8:12)--and light is life. We can't live on Earth without light. We can't live in Heaven without Jesus. It's the same thing, or it should be.
Among the forms of light, consider 'radiance' to be a beacon or a search light: 'Sending out rays of light, sending out heat, or intense joy' (Collins English Dictionary). Radiance comes from 'radiare' (Latin), which means 'to beam, shine or gleam' (Etymology Dictionary).
Therein, radiance is a beaming lighthouse, a seeking flashlight or a brilliant spotlight--as in entertainment. Because entertainment success demands radiance from its stars; the industry might call it 'charisma', the 'It' or the 'x' factor. Consider these definitions of charisma from the American Heritage Dictionary:
a. 'A rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm'
b. 'Personal magnetism or charm: a television news program famed for the charisma of its anchors'
c. 'Christianity: An extraordinary power, such as the ability to perform miracles, granted by the Holy Spirit'
This last meaning was charisma's first meaning, because 'charisma' is derived from 'kharisma' (Greek), meaning 'Divine favor.'
Now consider a person with the 'It' or 'x' factor from 'wisegeek': 'Someone with 'je ne sais quoi' (I don't know what): the indefinable something that makes someone special... Most often, it is applied to celebrities or semi-celebrities that seem to radiate charisma and charm.'
Why are we spending so much time trying to define radiance? Because all stars have it and God's stars need it. For many, it's a cheap imitation. For others, it is real, as in Him. Unfortunately, most fans don't know the difference, and it's up to you to show them.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Radiance series.